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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Charley Pride hits the road to mark 50 year career

Country music veteran Charley Pride is celebrating 50 years in the recording industry as he announces upcoming North American tour dates throughout 2016.

At tour stops, the 36x country chart topper will perform many of his biggest hits, including those that helped him win the Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award in 1971. With timeless classics like “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’” and “All I Have to Offer You is Me,” fans will enjoy a journey through time as they relive some of the country crooner’s most memorable anthems.

The Country Music Hall of Fame member will hit the stage at music venues both nationwide, and into Canada. Pride will make his return to the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage on June 10 and 11, where he has been a member since 1993. The show also broadcasts on 650AM / WSM The Legend, or country enthusiasts can listen in live at Opry.com.

"I feel blessed that I'm still going strong after 50 years" says Pride. "I've always loved to sing for audiences and that's never going to change. It's been a joy to visit so many different places in the US over the years. And, of course, I always enjoy travelling Canada. The people of Canada have been wonderful to me going back to the very start of my career."

Fans can keep up with the latest Charley Pride news stories, tour date additions, music and more by visiting the Grammy award winner’s website, charleypride.com. And more information can be found on the singer's official Facebook page.

Charley Pride on Tour:


Apr 30 - Albuquerque, N.M. - Isleta Casino
May 27 - Gulfport, Miss. - Beau Rivage
Jun 09 - Nashville, Tenn. - Charley Pride Fan Club Breakfast
June 10-11 – Nashville, Tenn. - Grand Ole Opry
July 09 - Arlington, Texas - Arlington Music Hall
Jul 23 - Tunica, Miss. - Gold Strike Casino Resort
Aug 12 - Mahnomen, Minn. - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Sep 24 - Wisconsin Dells, Wis. - Crystal Grand Music Theatre
Oct 12 - Edmonton, AB, Canada - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Oct 13 - Winnipeg, MB, Canada - Club Regent Casino & Event Centre
Oct 15 - Orillia, ON, Canada - Casino Rama
Nov 18 - Wendover, Nev. - Peppermill Concert Hall

About Charley Pride:
 

Charley Pride celebrates his 50th anniversary as a recording artist this year. He has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in the history of Country Music and is credited with helping to break color barriers by becoming the first African-American to become a force within the genre.

He has sold tens of millions of records worldwide with his large repertoire of hits. A three-time Grammy Award winner, Pride has garnered no less than 36 chart-topping Country hits, including Kiss An Angel Good Morning, a massive #1 crossover hit that sold over a million singles and helped Pride land the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award in 1971 and the Top Male Vocalist awards of 1971 and 1972. A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry, Pride continues to perform concerts worldwide and has toured the United States, Canada, Ireland, The United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand over the last several years.

Peter Case tour dates

Peter Case, former member of the Nerves and Plimsouls, continues to promote his 13th solo album, Hwy 62, an inside look at life along the road where Case was born, a road also travelled by truth singers Phil Ochs and Woody Guthrie.

"I think the new songs are taking the audience by surprise," says Case. "I don't know if they've heard songs about issues that were so personal, that sound like someone is talking directly to them."

For 30 years, Case has penned topical songs, from the homeless vet in "Poor Old Tom" to the young man on the run in "Entella Hotel" and the misfortune of the elderly woman in "Underneath The Stars."
 
Hwy 62 kicks up Case's artistry another notch with its vivid storytelling and up-to-the-minute insights in songs like the hard-swinging "Pelican Bay," the anthemic, "All Dressed Up For Trial," and the sonorous, "Water From A Stone."
 
Special guests Ben Harper on guitar and DJ Bonebrake on drums support Case's voice that moves listeners toward deeper listening, inspiring even his fellow artists. "Novels in song," said composer Van Dyke Parks in a tweet sent to Pete on the occasion of his birthday, April 5.

"You have to beat the bushes, get the word out to everyone and take the message to the people," says Case.
 
Tour dates:
 
5/21 Norfolk, VA North Shore Point House Concert
5/22 Vienna, VA Jammin’ Java (4pm matinee show)
5/24 Pittsburgh, PA Club Café
5/25 Columbus, OH Natalie’s
5/27 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere w/Alejandro Escovedo
5/28 Falls Church, VA Sleepy Hollow Folk Club
6/5 Novato, CA HopMonk
6/19 Santa Monica, CA McCabe’s
6/24 Arcata, CA Humboldt House Series
7/8 – 7/10 Vancouver, BC Vancouver Island Music Festival
7/16 Okemah, OK Woody Guthrie Folk Festival
8/19-28 Roots on the Rails (Sold Out)

Neil Young news

Neil Young will release a new album, entitled Earth, on June 17 via Reprise Records. The album features performances of songs from a range of Young's albums, including last year's The Monsanto Years, 1990's Ragged Glory, and 1970's After the Gold Rush.

The audio was captured during Young's 2015 tour with The Promise of the Real, fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar) and Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals) - Willie Nelson's sons. The tour included Young performing solo and with the band for a full electric show.
 
A new take on some of Young's most beloved songs, it features the live recordings, along with added musical overdubs, as well as sounds of the earth, such as city sounds like car horns, sounds of insects, and animal sounds from bears, birds, crickets, bees, horses, cows - creating a very strange, yet beautiful atmosphere.
 
"Ninety-eight uninterrupted minutes long, '
Earth' flows as a collection of 13 songs from throughout my life, songs I have written about living here on our planet together," 
says Young. "Our animal kingdom is well represented in the audience as well, and the animals, insects, birds, and mammals actually take over the performances of the songs at times."  
 
On May 6, in Los Angeles between 7-9 p.m., The Natural History Museum Los Angeles County  will present "An Evening With Neil Young", as part of their "First Fridays" event series. "First Fridays" is a monthly event at the Natural History Museum that includes live music, DJ sets, and scientific discussions/presentations.
 
For this event, Young will present the first public playback of his upcoming release, Earth, in its entirety in Pono high definition fidelity audio. Young will deliver the opening portion of the program with his insights and explanation of the making of EARTH, and its contents. This will be the first-ever public album preview by Young in his career and the first event of its kind for NHM.
 
For tickets and further details, go to: "First Fridays".
 
Coming out one week prior on June 10 are two rare films - the critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic musical comedy Human Highway and the concert feature Rust Never Sleeps- for the first time on DVD and Blu Ray via Reprise Records.
 
Neither film has been available in years. Human Highway is Young's 1982 comedy starring Russ Tamblyn, Charlotte Stewart, Dean Stockwell, Dennis Hopper, and Devo, which has been digitally restored for the DVD and Blu Ray release. Rust Never Sleeps isthe full-length feature about Young's 1978 concert tour and includes such classic young Young's most popular songs, showcasing classic hits such as "I Am a Child," featuring Crazy Horse, "Cinnamon Girl," "Like A Hurricane" and both the acoustic and electric versions of his landmark song "Hey Hey, My My." Both are currently available for pre-order through Neil Young Store and Amazon.com. Special bundles are available exclusively through Neil Young Store only.
 
Track listing:
 
"Mother Earth" (from Ragged Glory)
"Seed Justice" (previously unreleased)
"My Country Home" (from Ragged Glory)
"The Monsanto Years" (from The Monsanto Years)
"Western Hero" (from Sleeps With Angels)
"Vampire Blues" (from On The Beach)
"Hippie Dream" (from Landing On Water)
"After The Gold Rush" (from After The Gold Rush)
"Human Highway" (from Comes a Time)
"Big Box" (from The Monsanto Years)
"People Want to Hear About Love" (from The Monsanto Years)
"Wolf Moon" (from The Monsanto Years)
"Love & Only Love" (from Ragged Glory)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Stagecoach Festival 2016 preview: Dustin Lynch, Old Dominion, Rodney Crowell

The 10th annual Stagecoach – California’s Country Music Festival boasts another high octane lineup. All the headliners have served that duty in the past. Eric Church (whose “Mr. Misunderstood” was among the best country albums last year) battled heavy winds onstage in 2014; the same year Luke Bryan closed the proceedings. Carrie Underwood’s last appearance at Empire Polo Field in Indio (just outside of Palm Springs) was 2011.  

While similar music events around America have either gone on hiatus or fallen by the wayside, Stagecoach is still going strong, drawing a varied mix of concertgoers that ranges from children to grandparents.

For those who need a break from listening to the 77 acts and DJs on four stages, attractions include the Honky Tonk Dance Hall, Half-Pint Hootenanny (for the kids), Toyota Thrill Ride & Drive and the always popular BBQ Championships (Texas style, chili).

Beyond the big names, Stagecoach will welcome respected old timers (Billy Joe Shaver, Johnny Lee), young bucks (Sam Hunt, Chris Young), rising newcomers (The Deslondes, RaeLynn), old school rockers (John Fogerty, Doobie Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band) and more.

Read on for my “can’t miss” recommendations…

APRIL 29
 
photo by Drew A. Kelley
Eric Paslay
Latest album: “Eric Paslay” (EMI Nashville)
Best known songs:  “Friday Night,” “She Don’t Love You,” “Song About a Girl”
Backstory: When Paslay played the Shipkicker Festival in Long Beach, Calif. last year, he nearly stole the show with strong renditions of songs from his solid self-titled debut, as well as Tom Petty and Stones covers. The Texas native has a stellar resume, having co-penned #1 hits for Eli Young Band, Jake Owen, Love & Theft and Rascal Flatts. His words have also graced releases by Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes and Charles Kelley (“The Driver,” also featuring Dierks Bentley). Paslay’s second album “Dressed in Black,” featuring recent single “High Class,” is due this summer.

Kristian Bush
Latest album: “Southern Gravity” (Streamsound)
Best known song: “Trailer Hitch”
Backstory: Jennifer Nettles gets the lion’s share of attention in Sugarland, but her musical partner Bush co-wrote, sang and played on most of their hits. Before that, he landed some minor Adult Alternative radio hits with folk/rock duo Billy Pilgrim. The singer/guitarist exudes a laid-back and playful country/rock sound on his earthy 2015 debut album, with assists from brother Brandon (Train) on piano and Travis McNabb (Sugarland, Better Than Ezra) on drums. Currently, Bush is working on a follow-up effort and can be heard singing the theme song to TLC reality show “Say Yes to the Dress.”   

Marty Stuart
Latest album: “Saturday Night/Sunday Morning” (Superlatone/Thirty Tigers)
Best known songs: “Hillbilly Rock,” “Little Things,” “Tempted,” “Burn Me Down”
Backstory: The five-time Grammy winner and accomplished photographer cut his musical teeth as a member of bluegrass master Lester Flatt’s band while still a teenager. During the early ‘80s, Stuart backed Johnny Cash on tour. His solo career really took off in the ‘90s with nine top 20 country singles. Two of those (“The Whiskey Ain’t Workin,’” “This One’s Gonna Hurt You”) were duets with Travis Tritt. In 2008, The Marty Stuart Show, a musical variety program on RFD-TV in the vein of Hee-Haw, was launched. “Saturday Night/Sunday Morning,” 2014’s double disc set with longtime backing group The Fabulous Superlatives, features Hank Williams, Bill Monroe and George Jones covers, traditional country numbers and honky tonk originals. Spiritual selections make up the second disc. Guests include Mavis Staples and Tommy Emmanuel.

Also noteworthy: Emmylou Harris

APRIL 30
 
Sam Palladio
Latest album: “The Music of Nashville: Original Soundtrack, Season 4, Vol. 1” (Big Machine)
Best known songs: “If I Didn’t Know Better,” “Fade into You” (with Clare Bowen)
Backstory:  The British actor/singer used to front the band Salt Water Thief and was in the West End musical Dreamboats and Petticoats. He started portraying aspiring musician Gunnar Scott on “Nashville” when the ABC-TV drama debuted in 2012. Alongside Clare Bowen as off-and-on girlfriend Scarlett O’Connor in fictional duo The Exes, their songs smolder with sensuality, often recalling The Civil Wars. A James Taylor fan, Palladio got a tweet of approval from the man himself when a show episode earlier this month gave a shout out.   

Lee Ann Womack
Latest album: “The Way I’m Livin’” (Sugar Hill)
Best known songs: “I Hope You Dance,” “A Little Past Little Rock,” “The Fool,” “Ashes By Now,” “I May Hate Myself in the Morning”  
Backstory: Since starting her career in the late ‘90s, Womack has amassed a pair of gold and platinum albums, nearly a dozen top 20 country singles and multiple awards (two well-deserved CMAs were for 2005’s “There’s More Where That Came From”). With a traditional country sound that has occasionally veered into pop, she’s been compared to Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette. On 2014’s “The Way I’m Livin’” – Womack’s first effort in six years – her song choices often contain spiritual-tinged lyrics, comforting arrangements and a solid take on Neil Young’s “Harvest” nugget, “Out on the Weekend.”   

Rodney Crowell 
Latest album: “Tarpaper Sky” (New West)
Best known songs: “I Couldn’t Leave You If I Tried,” “After All This Time,” “Above and Beyond,” “She’s Crazy for Leaving,” “If Looks Could Kill,” “Shame on the Moon”
Backstory:  If someone did a Six Degrees of Separation game using Crowell, he’d connect with several Stagecoach acts. He first gained prominence during the mid-1970s as part of Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band; then the singer/guitarist launched a solo career and married Roseanne Cash. 1988’s Grammy-winning “Diamonds & Dirt” spawned five No. 1 country singles. Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Bob Seger, Womack and countless others have all had major success with Crowell tunes. A creative streak that began in 2011 with the memoir “Chinaberry Sidewalks” was followed by four more albums (two with Harris). Vince Gill and Chely Wright provide harmonies on “Tarpaper Sky.”

Also noteworthy: Sam Outlaw, John Fogerty

MAY 1
 
photo by Drew A. Kelley
Dustin Lynch
Latest album: “Where It’s At” (Broken Bow)
Best known songs: “Cowboys and Angels,” “Where It’s At,” “Hell of a Night”
Backstory:  The first time I saw Lynch live was opening for Keith Urban at the Hollywood Bowl. He had no trouble working that large stage like a pro. Lynch went on to open for Luke Bryan and Little Big Town. His fun sets usually give a tip of the cowboy hat to influences; both expected (Garth Brooks) and unpredictable (The Weeknd).  

Old Dominion
Latest album: “Meat and Candy” (RCA)
Best known song: “Break Up With Him,” “Snapback”
Backstory:  With ties to Virginia, Old Dominion members have co-written songs for The Band Perry, Tyler Farr, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney and others. They opened for the latter on a stadium tour last year and put out an impressively catchy debut album.
 
A Thousand Horses
Latest album: “Southernality” (Republic Nashville)
Best known song: “Smoke”
Backstory:  Although the band emerged with its eponymous major label debut CD in 2010, it didn’t gain much traction. Five years later, they returned with a winsome Black Crowes-meets-Tom Petty-and-Oasis-type sound and found favor at country radio for the Dave Cobb-produced “Southernality.” They’ve toured with Darius Rucker and Greg Allman.  

Also noteworthy: Johnny Lee, The Doobie Brothers

For updates, lineups and more details, go to www.stagecoachfestival.com
My article originally appeared at www.musicnewsnashville.com

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Comprehensive Sinatra TV/concert performance collection coming

Continuing the worldwide centennial celebration for Frank Sinatra, on May 27, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release a suite of four titles in ‘The Frank Sinatra Collection.’

On license from Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE), the definitive collection pulls together some of the finest performances on television and in concert from the greatest entertainer of the 20th century.

First in the series is ‘A Man And His Music’ / ‘A Man And His Music Part II,’ which combines his first two hour-long television specials from the mid-sixties.

Sinatra's first television special, A Man And His Music, broadcast in 1965 on NBC to commemorate Sinatra's 50th birthday. The spectacular performances include favorites "I've Got You Under My Skin," "I Get A Kick Out Of You," "Come Fly With Me" and "The Lady Is A Tramp."

A Man And His Music Part II, with special guest Nancy Sinatra (1966, CBS), thrills from start to finish, with unforgettable performances of signature songs such as "Luck Be A Lady" and "That's Life." Sinatra opens the show with his celebrated Quincy Jones arrangement of "Fly Me To The Moon." Nancy Sinatra, clad from head to toe in pink fringe (and signature boots), sings "Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" and "On Broadway," followed by a series of duets with her father that includes "Downtown," and "These Boots Are Made For Walking."

Second in the series comes ‘A Man And His Music + Ella + Jobim’ / ‘Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing’ / ‘Sinatra’ which presents three TV specials from the sixties. On the truly memorable A Man And His Music + Ella + Jobim (1967, NBC), the dazzling Ella Fitzgerald performs two equally impressive solo numbers: the haunting "Body And Soul" and the swinging "It's All Right With Me."


Fitzgerald is then joined by Sinatra in a historic pairing of the two preeminent vocal talents of the era. The following sequence, particularly treasured by music lovers, is Sinatra's only filmed meeting with Brazilian composer, guitarist, singer Antonio Carlos Jobim, who joins Sinatra for a stunningly intimate medley of the Brazilian composer's classics, including "Change Partners," "I Concentrate On You" and "The Girl From Ipanema."

Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing (1968, CBS) was a memorable night of television on many levels. Having established himself in American households with his previous A Man And His Music specials, Sinatra made a bold move in 1968, in the middle of the civil rights era, with a special celebration of black music and its impact on American popular culture. Highlights include a medley of spirituals sung with Diahann Carroll and a swingin' pop interlude with chart-toppers The 5th Dimension.

In Sinatra (1969, CBS), the final installment in what had become an annual tradition of televised specials, Sinatra casts a backward glance at some of the highlights of a storied career. He also provides a glimpse into his musical future with an early rendition of "My Way," soon to become his personal anthem.

This collection gathers many classic Sinatra performances including: “Ol’ Man River,” “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “Pennies From Heaven,” “Something,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “Theme From New York, New York,” and many more.

The third release, ‘Sinatra And Friends’ / ‘The Man And His Music’ features TV specials from the seventies and eighties and offers the likes of “For Once In My Life,” ”My Way,” “Fly Me To The Moon,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Night And Day,” “Put Your Dreams Away,” and more.

Spanning multiple genres and featuring some of the leading names in pop and country, the rarely seen special Sinatra And Friends (1977, ABC) offers wall-to-wall performances. Guests include Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Loretta Lynn and John Denver, all of whom return one-by-one for a final embrace with Sinatra as he sings the Paul Anka-penned "Everybody Ought To Be In Love."

Sinatra: The Man And His Music (1981, NBC), is the final installment of the series, occurring 16 years after the first A Man And His Music special, and a few weeks before his 66th birthday. Working with three different ensembles, including the accompaniment of the legendary Count Basie and his orchestra, performances include George Harrison's "Something," and his climactic "Theme From New York, New York", "Pennies From Heaven," and "The Best Is Yet To Come."

Concert For The Americas (1982, Showtime) was recorded at the Altos de Chavón Amphitheater, a 5000-seat open-air Greek-style amphitheater in the Dominican Republic. This 90-minute epic performance features the legendary Buddy Rich on drums and a special guest appearance by guitarist Tony Mottola on a memorable rendition of "Send In The Clowns." This is the first-ever U.S. DVD release of this concert.

Click here to view “Come Fly With Me” from A Man And His Music - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k2R07Mvlwajlj9gXYIg

Track listing: 

A MAN AND HIS MUSIC / A MAN AND HIS MUSIC PART II

A MAN AND HIS MUSIC
1) I’ve Got You Under My Skin 2) Without A Song 3) Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me 4) I Get A Kick Out Of You 5) Nancy 6) My Kind Of Town 7) Medley: It Was A Very Good Year / Young At Heart / The Girl Next Door / Last Night When We Were Young 8) This Is All I Ask 9) Come Fly With Me 10) The Lady Is A Tramp 11) I’ve Got The World On A String 12) Witchcraft 13) You Make Me Feel So Young 14) Put Your Dreams Away

A MAN AND HIS MUSIC PART II with special guest NANCY SINATRA
1) Fly Me To The Moon 2) The Most Beautiful Girl In The World 3) Moonlight In Vermont 4) You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You 5) Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) – NANCY SINATRA 6) On Broadway – NANCY SINATRA 7) Yes Sir, That’s My Baby – FRANK & NANCY SINATRA 8) Medley: Downtown / These Boots Are Made For Walking – FRANK & NANCY SINATRA 9) Medley: Just One Of Those Things / My Heart Stood Still / But Beautiful / When Your Lover Has Gone 10) Luck Be A Lady 11) That’s Life 12) Granada 13) My Kind Of Town 14) Put Your Dreams Away

A MAN AND HIS MUSIC + ELLA + JOBIM / FRANCIS ALBERT SINATRA DOES HIS THING / SINATRA

A MAN AND HIS MUSIC + ELLA + JOBIM with special guests ELLA FITZGERALD and ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM
1) Day In, Day Out 2) Get Me To The Church On Time 3) What Now My Love 4) Ol’ Man River 5) Body And Soul – ELLA FITZGERALD 6) It’s All Right With Me – ELLA FITZGERALD 7) Medley: How High The Moon / Up, Up And Away / Look Out For Jimmy Valentine / Theme To Tony Rome / Goody Goody / Don’t Cry Joe / Ode To Billie Joe / Goin’ Out Of My Head – FRANK SINATRA & ELLA FITZGERALD 8) Medley: Change Partners / I Concentrate On You / The Girl From Ipanema – FRANK SINATRA & ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM 9) Medley: The Song Is You / They Can’t Take That Away From Me / Stompin’ At The Savoy / At Long Last Love – FRANK SINATRA & ELLA FITZGERALD 10) Don’t Be That Way – ELLA FITZGERALD 11) The Lady Is A Tramp – FRANK SINATRA & ELLA FITZGERALD 12) Put Your Dreams Away

FRANCIS ALBERT SINATRA DOES HIS THING with special guests DIAHANN CARROLL and THE 5TH DIMENSION
1) Hello Young Lovers 2) Baubles, Bangles And Beads 3) Cycles 4) The Music That Makes Me Dance – DIAHANN CARROLL 5) Where Am I Going – DIAHANN CARROLL 6) Medley: Diane / Deep River / Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child / Lonesome Road / Nobody Know The Trouble I’ve Seen / Amen – FRANK SINATRA & DIAHANN CARROLL 7) Medley: Glad To Be Unhappy / Here’s That Rainy Day / It Never Entered My Mind / Gone With The Wind 8) It’s A Great Life – THE 5TH DIMENSION 9) Stoned Soul Picnic – THE 5TH DIMENSION 10) Sweet Blindness – FRANK SINATRA & THE 5TH DIMENSION 11) Nice ‘N’ Easy 12) (How Little It Matters) How Little We Know 13) Lost In The Stars 14) Angel Eyes 15) Put Your Dreams Away

SINATRA featuring DON COSTA & HIS ORCHESTRA
1) For Once In My Life 2) Please Be Kind 3) My Way 4) Film Clip Medley including song highlights of: I Couldn’t Sleep A Wink Last Night / You’re Sensational / All The Way 5) The Tender Trap 6) Little Green Apples 7) Out Beyond The Window 8) A Man Alone 9) Didn’t We 10) Forget To Remember 11) Fly Me To The Moon 12) Street Of Dreams 13) Love’s Been Good To Me 14) Goin’ Out Of My Head 15) My Kind Of Town

SINATRA AND FRIENDS / THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC

SINATRA AND FRIENDS
1) Where Or When – with all guests 2) I’ve Got You Under My Skin 3) I Get A Kick Out Of You – FRANK SINATRA & NATALIE COLE 4) I’ve Got Love On My Mind – NATALIE COLE 5) If I Were A Rich Man – ROBERT MERRILL 6) The Oldest Established Floating Crap Game – FRANK SINATRA, DEAN MARTIN & ROBERT MERRILL 7) She’s Got You – LORETTA LYNN 8) All Or Nothing At All – FRANK SINATRA & LORETTA LYNN 9) One – TONY BENNETT 10) My Kind Of Town – FRANK SINATRA & TONY BENNETT 11) I Honestly Love You – LESLIE UGGAMS 12) The Lady Is A Tramp – FRANK SINATRA & LESLIE UGGAMS 13) My Sweet Lady – JOHN DENVER 14) September Song – FRANK SINATRA & JOHN DENVER 15) Night And Day 16) Everybody Ought To Be In Love 17) Put Your Dreams Away

THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC with the COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA
1) Intro / (This Is A) Lovely Way To Spend An Evening (instrumental) 2) Nice ‘N’ Easy 3) The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else 4) Pennies From Heaven 5) I Loved Her 6) The Girl From Ipanema (featuring TONY MOTTOLA on guitar) 7) At Long Last Love 8) Something 9) Monday Morning Quarterback 10) The Best Is Yet To Come 11) (We Had A) Good Thing Going 12) Say Hello 13) I Get A Kick Out Of You 14) Theme From New York, New York 15) Thanks For The Memory

CONCERT FOR THE AMERICAS

1) I’ve Got The World On A String 2) I Get A Kick Out Of You 3) Come Rain Or Come Shine 4) When Your Lover Has Gone 5) The Lady Is A Tramp 6) The House I Live In 7) Prologue / Jet Song – BUDDY RICH 8) Searching 9) My Kind Of Town 10) Something 11) The Best Is Yet To Come 12) Strangers In The Night 13) All Or Nothing At All 14) The Gal That Got Away / It Never Entered My Mind 15) I’ve Got You Under My Skin 16) Send In The Clowns – with TONY MOTTOLA on guitar 17) Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars (Corovado) – with TONY MOTTOLA on guitar 18) I Won’t Dance 19) Theme From New York, New York

Social D's Mike Ness to feature on AT&T AUDIENCE Network

Tune in to AT&T AUDIENCE Network for "Ernie Ball: The Pursuit of Tone "Mike Ness'" on Friday, April 22 at 8 PM ET/PT (DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114).

Watch as renowned guitarist, singer-songwriter and producer Mike Ness sits down for the new documentary series.

In the candid interview, Ness touches on a wide range of topics from how he found his "groove" to rebelling through the music of his band, Social Distortion. The interview digs deep into Ness' songwriting process.

"The pursuit of finding one's tone can be a long and delicate process; I am lucky to have found mine," says Ness. "The intimacy and the freedom that playing guitar has provided for me, the voice it's given to me, is a gift that I don't take for granted."

See the trailer for AT&T AUDIENCE Network's "Ernie Ball: The Pursuit of Tone 'Mike Ness'" (HERE).

AT&T AUDIENCE Network's new music slate continues to deliver groundbreaking concerts, in-depth artist interviews, unique stories and exclusive performances across all genres, plus some select programming in ultra high-definition/4K* to audiences nationwide since multiple series began airing this past January.

Recent concert specials include: CeeLo Green, Hank Williams Jr., Peter Frampton, Lukas Graham, Kelsea Ballerini, Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco, Flo Rida, Cypress Hill, 2 Chainz, Aubrie Sellers, LANco, and others. New shows premiere via national broadcast weekly Friday at 9:00 PM ET/PT on DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114, as well as streaming on directv.com and uverse.com and on smartphones and tablets, via the DIRECTV and U-verse apps.**

AT&T AUDIENCE Network's multiple series of original and exclusive performances and interviews gives music fans an intimate view of music's most influential artists today by collaborating directly with musicians to create a unique show from their perspective.

As a boy, Mike Ness' heroes were not athletes or presidents; they were gangsters and guitar players. Johnny Cash, the Rolling Stones, Woody Guthrie and Creedence Clearwater Revival marked Ness' early years. He was inspired by the roots of American music and his earliest influences were the pioneers of rock and roll; musicians that were scandalous and rebellious.

By the time Mike was a teen he would be playing in Social Distortion. Over the past 30 years, the punk godfathers Social Distortion have all but trademarked their patented mix of punk, bluesy rock n' roll and outlaw country. Their searing guitars and locomotive rhythm section sounds as alive today as it did in '82, as do Ness' hard-luck tales of love, loss and lessons learned.

But long before he ever heard the Ramones, the Clash or the Sex Pistols, Ness grew up listening to early rock and roll. With uncompromising intensity, Mike brought a working class spirit to his songs. As he matured as a songwriter and musician, his solo recordings Cheating At Solitaire (1999) and Under The Influences (1999), incorporated the raw power and social relevance that has always marked his music, while embracing many of the defining styles in American rock and roll history.

This radical essence would become his calling card but Mike would never lose the love of his roots. The work integrates punk, rockabilly, primitive rock and roll, country and blues while maintaining the energy that typifies Mike Ness.

Mike continues to perform worldwide with Social Distortion. Social Distortion's latest musical offering, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes (produced for the first time, by Ness himself), debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 and was the highest debut yet for the band. Hard Times and Nursery Rhymeswas also #1 Independent Album and #2 Modern Rock/Alternative Album.

For more information on Mike Ness and Social Distortion, visit: 
mikeness.com, socialdistortion.com

Coachella '16 news: Phases

photo by Julia Brokaw
LA synth-pop group Phases return to Coachella this weekend.

They just released a new EP - Afterparty - which includes a remix of "I'm In Love With My Life," a cover of Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself," and three unreleased B-sides from their debut album For Life.

Download the EP from iTunes and listen to it on Spotify. Full track listing below.

Band members are veterans of the festival, with singer Z Berg having played with her old band The Like, bassist Alex Greenwald during his time with Phantom Planet, and drummer Jason Boesel with Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes, and more, with the band rounded out by guitarist Michael Runion. 

Following Coachella2, Phases will play a hometown show at Hollywood's The Roxy on May 18, with tickets on sale now. They will continue touring throughout 2016 in support of debut album For Life, including an additional festival slot at Hangout Music Festival as well as a tour with Maroon 5 later this year. More info and tickets for all shows are available HERE
 
Phases' single "I'm In Love With My Life" has reached #4 on Billboard's club chart. Their music has found fans in the likes of Amy Schumer, Sia, Mark Ronson, Adam Levine, and Jessica Alba, who sings along in a video for The Honest Company. When actress Brie Larson was asked to name a song to best describe her state of mind after winning an Academy Award she said, "So easy! 'I'm In Love With My Life' by Phases."   
 
EP Track listing:

1. "Paradise"
2. "Tell Me"
3. "Love Yourself" (Justin Bieber cover)
4. "Go Forever"
5. "I'm In Love With My Life" (Mi Amore Remix)

Tour Dates:
 
Sat, April 23             Indio, CA                Coachella
Weds, May 18          Los Angeles, CA      The Roxy
Sun, May 22             Gulf Shores, AL       Hangout Music Festival
Thurs, Oct 6             Denver, CO             Pepsi Center*
Sat, Oct 8                Salt Lake City, UT     Vivint Smart House Arena*
Sun, Oct 9                Boise, ID                Taco Bell Arena*
Tues, Oct 11            Seattle, WA             Key Arena*
Thurs, Oct 13           Portland, OR            Moda Center*
Sat, Oct 15               Sacramento, CA       Golden 1 Center*
Sun, Oct 16              Oakland, CA             Oracle Arena*
*with Maroon 5